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Ariadne auf Naxos

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Wonderful music; sensational singing; bewildering opera
28 Jun 17 / Express
Keep calm and carry on singing: love and art overcome wartime adversity in Glyndebourne’s Ariadne
27 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
The mighty voice of up-and-coming soprano Lise Davidsen turns this revival of a misjudged production into a remarkable event
27 Jun 17 / The Times
Glyndebourne's wartime Ariadne auf Naxos
27 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Lise Davidsen is imperious in Katharina Thoma’s comic and profound Ariadne auf Naxos
27 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Ingenious staging mixes comedy with the mythic
26 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Hipermestra

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 13

Pas super, l'Hyper
27 Jun 17 / Forum Opéra
Der Regisseur des Gemetzels
5 Jun 17 / Klassik Info
Graham Vick and William Christie make a welcome festival return with a musically flawless account of this baroque rarity
27 May 17 / The Observer
Graham Vick finds modern relevance in Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne
24 May 17 / Bachtrack
Graham Vick’s production gives a modern take on this mythical story
24 May 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Glyndebourne Festival Opera performs Cavalli's early Baraoque opera
23 May 17 / Independent
Cogent Cavalli, chilly Verdi
23 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
A fabulous performance of a colossally dull opera
22 May 17 / Telegraph
Britain's premier summer festival opens with a spectacular staging of Cavalli's opera
22 May 17 / What's on Stage
It is the musical performance which makes this production memorable
22 May 17 / Classical Source
There is nothing quite like a Cavalli opera at Glyndebourne
22 May 17 / Music OMH
Superbly sung UK premiere of Cavalli’s uneven tragedy
22 May 17 / The Guardian
Vick just about controls the schizophrenic lurching between farce and tragedy
22 May 17 / Opera Today
Hamlet

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

The exemplary cast is led by Allan Clayton’s Hamlet
19 Jun 17 / Express
Glyndebourne’s new, full-scale Hamlet toys with Shakespeare’s text to fine effect
17 Jun 17 / The Observer
Shakespeare, frisch gepresst, ohne Kerne
16 Jun 17 / FAZ
Onstage for much of the show, Allan Clayton’s Hamlet was bold and tireless
16 Jun 17 / Opera News
Brett Dean wrangles the moody Dane into two-and-half hours of thrilling music theatre
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
A Herculean performance from Allan Clayton
14 Jun 17 / Classical Source
As Hamlet himself, Allan Clayton gave the performance of his career
14 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Allan Clayton gave the title part his all
14 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Barbara Hannigan everyone’s go-to mad soprano was suitably deranged in Ophelia’s near naked scene
14 Jun 17 / Independent
Brilliant music, rapturously received
13 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Brett Dean's heart-wrenchingly beautiful opera Hamlet wows England's Glyndbourne Festival
13 Jun 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Brett Dean’s new opera plumbs the dark recesses of Shakespeare’s play
13 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
An ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare
13 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Shakespeare boldly adapted by Brett Dean
12 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Allan Clayton gives a physically vivid, emotionally affecting and psychologically astute portrayal of the Prince of Denmark
12 Jun 17 / The Times
A new opera by Brett Dean is the centrepiece of this year's Glyndebourne festival
12 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 13

Netia Jones’s techno-sophistry is used to enchanting effect in her imaginative production
12 Jun 17 / The Guardian
Un verano con Shakespeare y Britten
14 Sep 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The pinnacle of Sir Peter Hall’s operatic success at Glyndebourne
24 Aug 16 / Express
Britten untamed!
20 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Peter Hall's 35-year-old production is still a winner
19 Aug 16 / Express
This was a treat
17 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Poised and magical
16 Aug 16 / Independent
Si Tête d'Ane m'était conté...
16 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
A faithful, snappy revival
15 Aug 16 / Music OMH
Enchanted wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne
13 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
A heady mix of menace and fairy-dust
13 Aug 16 / Classical Source
Britten's magical operatic version of Shakespeare's play, revived in Peter Hall's production
13 Aug 16 / What's on Stage
No surprises but a fine cast graces this effective revival of a durable classic
13 Aug 16 / The Stage
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare's great shapeshifter
This year’s crop of Dreams shows how Shakespeare’s comedy is fertile ground for infinite interpretation. But it is Benjamin Britten’s opera version that digs deepest into its inner strangeness.
Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence
As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.
La Traviata

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Kristina Mkhitaryan's Violetta soars
28 May 17 / The Observer
Kristina Mkhitaryan's Violetta reveals everything one might ever look for in the part
25 May 17 / Music OMH
A strong Violetta carries an uninspired Traviata revival at Glyndebourne
24 May 17 / Bachtrack
A noteworthy Glyndebourne debut
23 May 17 / The Stage
Is Kristina Mkhitaryan the new Netrebko?
23 May 17 / Telegraph
Subtle and serious
23 May 17 / The Guardian
Another triumph for Glyndebourne casting
23 May 17 / What's on Stage
Cairns’s production of La traviata is outstanding
23 May 17 / Independent
Cogent Cavalli, chilly Verdi
23 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Madama Butterfly

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 7

Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly comes to Norwich
23 Nov 16 / Norwich Evening News
Nuclear family
1 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Karah Son suggests a core of steel under Butterfly’s delicate beauty
23 Oct 16 / Express
Butterfly is Karah Son’s Glyndebourne debut, and she is near-ideal in the part
19 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Engages the mind at the expense of passion
19 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly
17 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Musical riches but theatrical poverty in Glyndebourne's staging of Puccini's tear-jerker
16 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
‘From an early age opera helped me escape the Troubles’
Opera director, Annilese Miskimmon, on her new Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne, growing up in Northern Ireland – and the Muppets as inspiration.
Don Giovanni

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 5

A satisfying production with Glyndebourne doing what it does best
13 Nov 16 / Classical Source
Duncan Rock is an unremittingly violent Giovanni
31 Oct 16 / Express
Duncan Rock's indisposition clears the way for an unforgettable role jump-in
26 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
A drab Don Giovanni from the Glyndebourne Tour
18 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Duncan Rock's Giovanni did not disappoint
17 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Beatrice et Benedict

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

Virée en boîtes
20 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Bobatrice et Puerilict. No es Shakespeare todo lo que se canta
12 Aug 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Laurent Pelly has created a highly stylised production grey in both costumes and make-up
10 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Leicht eintönige Berlioz-Inszenierung
3 Aug 16 / Deutschland Radio
Star of the show is mezzo-soprano Stephanie d’Oustrac
1 Aug 16 / Express
It is the beauty of the quieter and more contemplative moments that leave the deepest impression
27 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Love labours in fifty shades of grey
26 Jul 16 / Evening Standard
The music is five-star, but the production is four-star and the story-line is only two-star
26 Jul 16 / Express
The beauty of the playing and the physical comedy are redeeming elements
26 Jul 16 / Independent
Immaculately sung
25 Jul 16 / The Stage
Laughs, merriment, joie de vivre and poignancy wrapped into a very well-made production
25 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Too much outside-the-box thinking
25 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Boxed in: Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict at Glyndebourne
25 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Laurent Pelly’s new production for Glyndebourne is certainly capricious
25 Jul 16 / Opera Today
A rare outing for the comic opera from the pen of Berlioz by way of Shakespeare
25 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Elegant but needs more emotion
25 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 17

Swinging Sevilla
18 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Un pique-nique à Séville
14 Jul 16 / Forum Opéra
Le Barbier de Séville au Festival de Glyndebourne
16 Jun 16 / Opera Online
Mehr Klamauk als Oper
13 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Bartolo sale de picnic
7 Jun 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Excellently cast and truly funny
2 Jun 16 / Express
Director Annabel Arden needs to work on sharpening the comedy on stage
1 Jun 16 / Express
Fortunately, the talents of the cast distract us when the drama loses its way
30 May 16 / Opera Today
Il barbiere di Siviglia has a sparkling cast in a not quite razor-sharp staging
30 May 16 / The Observer
A triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius
27 May 16 / Independent
The cast for Glyndebourne’s new Barber exuded huge zest and youthful energy,
25 May 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Energy and spirit in a hit-and-miss comedy
25 May 16 / The Guardian
Annabel Arden's new production of Rossini's comic opera is a summer treat
24 May 16 / What's on Stage
Zesty barber is a cut above
24 May 16 / Evening Standard
Björn Bürger’s Figaro was the audience favourite, and rightly so
24 May 16 / Music OMH
The score bubbles along but Glyndebourne's new Barbiere lacks spark
24 May 16 / Telegraph
Forced farce: Arden's Barber opens up shop at Glyndebourne
23 May 16 / Bachtrack
The Barber of Seville
‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’
Le nozze di Figaro

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Figaro wigs out
11 Jul 16 / The Observer
Viewed simply as comedy, the evening is well paced, with good team work all round
10 Jul 16 / Express
Michael Grandage's sharp, sassy sixties (or is it seventies?) production is back
8 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Nothing compares with the combination of Mozart and a sunny day at Glyndebourne
6 Jul 16 / Express
Delicious comic timing sweeps this frothy Figaro along
6 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Exceptional women make Glyndebourne's Mozart revival sparkle
5 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Every detail finely tuned in Glyndebourne's Le nozze di Figaro
5 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
The comedy is more defined and the sublime moments are as moving as ever
5 Jul 16 / Music OMH
This production finds new slants upon the work
4 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Beautiful to look at, vividly engaging, Michael Grandage's 1960s set production
4 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
The Cunning Little Vixen

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Glyndebourne captures earthiness of The Cunning Little Vixen
1 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Fox pops
25 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
The summer opera season defies the downpours with terrific Tchaikovsky, morally improving Mascagni, Shakespearean Puccini and zesty Janáček
20 Jun 16 / The Observer
Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen is quite unlike almost any other opera
19 Jun 16 / Express
One of those Glyndebourne evenings when everything came together
14 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Glyndebourne's Vixen is not only Cunning and Little, but also marvellously energised and colourful
14 Jun 16 / Telegraph
No one hearing this performance would have doubted either the stature or the sheer wonder of this most singular of operas
14 Jun 16 / Boulezian
Melly Still's colourful production of Janáček's operatic fable in a loving revival
13 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Circle of life: Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen returns to Glyndebourne
13 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 14

Tradition und schöne Bilder dominieren
12 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Returning to the role of Hans Sachs, baritone Gerald Finley gives a definitive performance
5 Jun 16 / Express
McVicar brings out the comedy in Glyndebourne’s splendid Die Meistersinger
4 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Words and music in excellent balance, warmth and clarity anything but antithetical
2 Jun 16 / Opera Today
Watch Meistersinger from Glyndebourne
Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production for free here at 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 12 and available on demand for the following seven days.
Mastering Meistersinger
Michael Güttler has taken over as conductor of Glyndebourne’s Meistersinger with only a few weeks’ notice. How has he approached a mammoth project that most musicians would expect months, if not years, to prepa
Glyndebourne music director misses Meistersinger
Robin Ticciati has withdrawn from the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival revival of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in order to recover from surgery for a herniated disc.
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Performance schedule
Cavalli
20 May to 8 Jul 2017
Verdi
21 May to 27 Aug 2017
Dean
11 Jun to 6 Jul 2017
Strauss, R
25 Jun to 27 Jul 2017
Donizetti
13 Jul to 23 Aug 2017
Mozart
26 Jul to 26 Aug 2017
Mozart
7 Oct to 30 Nov 2017
Rossini
8 Oct to 2 Dec 2017
Dean
21 Oct to 1 Dec 2017

News & Articles

Glyndebourne launches singing competition
The Glyndebourne Opera Cup will offer a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career.
3 May 2017 / Opera Now
Glyndebourne Opera Festival announces 2018 festival
A new production of Pelléas et Mélisande by Stefan Herheim fetaures in the six opera line up.
3 May 2017 / OperaWire
The birth of Glyndebourne opera festival
From the classical archive, 30 May 1934: ‘Discomfort is unknown here,’ declared our correspondent – while urging seaweed padding for the walls to deaden the volume of its Figaro.
3 Aug 2016 / The Guardian
Glyndebourne in 2017
An exclusive preview of the new season - the six productions that will be delighting opera fans at Glyndebourne next summer.
3 May 2016 / Telegraph
Glyndebourne: a brief history
The Glyndebourne Festival began in earnest in the mid 1930s with a legendary irritable remark that the soprano Audrey Mildmay made to her husband John Christie.
17 Feb 2016 / Telegraph